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The Timeless Prairie Style Stained Glass For Your Houston Home

Where Did The Prairie Style Begin?

You likely have heard the term mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. That is understandable because it is a pretty fantastic home style. What you may not realize is this design style and many others were inspired, in large part by a designer called Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a talented and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of many different interiors and architectural styles that are still revered and as relevant today as they were when he lived–in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much acclaim is given to the Prairie Style which basically was a philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright invented and had a passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is lovely. Read below to find out why.

What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass?

When you think about something as simple as the prairie, you probably imagine endless fields and crisp horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles unabated. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is precisely what Wright wanted to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic horizontal lines that zig-zagged meticulously without intrusion into the inside or outside world are hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was intensely interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, an integral part of the design of a house. He was obsessed with the integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to exist as itself in the chosen environment. Similarly, he wanted everything he designed in the Prairie Style to harmonize with a natural setting–not interfere.

The results, as you can see, were amazing.

His work was ahead of its time and considered modern in the 19th and 20th centuries, but somehow had echoes of a simpler, more natural time. It ended up that it was just as at home in the natural world as it was in an urban setting, yet still, the echoes of nature were unmistakable. His use of colors was limited but bold and he had a penchant towards mixing pops of color with mostly clear glass. His intersecting lines allowed his prairie style work to be both outstanding but still at peace the natural world all around. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of his time but the sheer uniqueness and breadth of his work, lead us to believe no matter what era he lived in he would still be a pioneer of his day.

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Houston Stained Glass For All Your Prairie Style Stained Glass Needs

At Houston Stained Glass we greatly respect the genius that is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. We create glass in this style for our customers to honor him and to keep the legacy of artistic perfection alive today. If you are interested in a prairie style stained glass window for your Houston home, contact us today for more information and to schedule a design consultation with one of our Prairie Style experts.

What is Scottish Stained Glass?

Many of our clients and potential customers ask us, “What is Scottish Stained Glass?” and wonder how it differs from other stained glass methods available in today’s market. Houston Stained Glass, presented by Scottish Stained Glass, is proud of our renowned custom stained glass process and proprietary techniques that are true only to Scottish Stained Glass.
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Taking the First Steps Towards Repairing Your Houston Home’s Stained Glass

Houston Stained Glass is proud to have helped so many in our community by restoring their treasured stained glass pieces. Antique stained glass can contain a lot of monetary and sentimental value, making restoration a vital process. We’ve completed hundreds of commercial and residential restoration projects, and would love to help you get started on your Houston home’s stained glass restoration.

Fully Restore Stained Glass to its Original Beauty by Contacting Experienced Professionals

Our renowned restoration process has taken the nation by storm, helping communities all over the United States with their stained glass preservation. Stained glass typically starts to deteriorate around the 75 – 100 year mark, showing disintegration factors, warped glass, and more. With our proper restoration process, Houston homeowners can actually get another 100 years add to their stained glass’ life until it’s ready for its next restoration. All of our happy clients are stunned after we’ve completed restoration due to the luminous, fresh new look their stained glass features. Our team of local stained glass artisans are happy give back to the community, preserving these stained glass panels for generations to come.

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Contact a Stained Glass Designer Who is an Expert in Repair and Restoration

We’ve completed over 70,000 custom stained glass pieces, repairs, and restorations. Our extensive experience allows us to determine if your stained glass qualifies for repair, restoration, or replacement. We understand all the different processes used in the past for stained glass creation, and are well-equipped to repair or restore any piece from any time period. Restoration is definitely one of our strong suits– our portfolio showcases that skill and we’re always happy to conduct an on-site assessment of whatever stained glass you may have in question.

For more information regarding residential stained glass repair in your Houston home or for a free consultation, please give us a call: (832) 548-4955

How Long Will Stained Glass Repair Take On My Houston Church

Types Of Stained Glass Repairs And Timelines

Many churches consider stained glass window repair or restoration at one time or another in the church history. As we have found one of the most common hesitations is worrying about the length of time it will take to make said repairs. While we would like to tell you that all repairs are easy and done in as little as one day–there are some repairs that take much, much longer. To find out about how long repairs for various issues on your Houston church’s stained glass window will take–read below.

Stained Glass Cleaning Time Frame

For the most part, stained glass cleaning can take as little as a day for most small to medium churches. Large Cathedrals or churches with very tall windows may take a bit longer because of difficulty in reaching the windows.

Minor Repairs To Broken Stained Glass Pieces Timeframe

Smaller repairs such as replacing a few isolated pieces of broken glass can be done rather quickly by a trained professional. This work, typically called a “drop-in,” “stop-in,” or “open-lead” repair, simple means soldering the joint and replace small pieces of broken glass. Zinc caming can take longer, folding it back to repair or replace the old glass, and resoldering the joints.

Replacement Stained Glass Timeframe

Replacement glass that exactly or closely matches the original piece can be very difficult to find, costly to make and requires more time to complete. This is because when we replicate glass there are so many glass colors and textures produced, often times with “secret” formulas, it sometimes requires numerous iterations to get it right.

Structural Repairs On Stained Glass Timeframe

This includes things like windows that have detached from the saddle bars and begun to sag, bulge, and bow, In this case, we must first remove the glass piece by piece and then repair or rebuild the entire frame structure, then repair the glass and re-install it. This takes the longest time–sometimes up to a year! But is well worth it for both monetary and sentimental value of your Houston church’s stained glass windows.

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To get the best idea about how long your Houston church’s stained glass repair or restoration will take, contact us for a free, on-site estimate of time and cost.

Our 5 Favorite Places to Install Stained Glass in Your Houston Home That You Wouldn’t Expect

Houston residents agree that it is always a great time to invest more into their homes, increase curb appeal, and find a way to make their home stand out. Have you been looking for a quick, starter home renovation project to get your feet wet? Have you considered stained glass but are ensure of proper placement? Here are our top five favorite places to install stained glass in any Houston home! We hope to inspire your next home renovation!

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Floral Style Stained Glass for Your Houston Home

Among Houston’s consistently changing residential landscape, there are still many traditional Victorian homes and Craftsman style bungalows. Even in some of the more urbanized communities in Houston, there are still touches of eclectic architecture. The traditional look of floral stained glass is a great addition to any Houston home!

Design Process of Floral Stained Glass in Your Houston Home

Our portfolio features hundreds of traditional floral stained glass, mostly custom pieces that are really a unique collection of their own. Our signature morning glories have become quite popular for their vivid colors yet simple and elegant design. Some other regional favorites are our Columbines and Indian Paintbrushes. For our Scottish clients, Thistles and the Glasgow rose have been custom incorporated as well. Why not embrace that Texas heritage and custom design Bluebonnets to really show your Houston pride?

With endless color, design, and texture options, our experienced team of local glass artisans can help you piece together the perfect floral stained glass additions for your Houston home!

Benefits of Floral Stained Glass in Your Houston Home

Along with the beautiful, elegant look floral stained glass offers, it can double in functionality with a wonderful privacy factor. If privacy is an issue you’d like to address with your custom stained glass, our stained glass experts can help you pick out the right glass to block out all unwanted views from outside your home. Depending on the placement of your floral stained glass in your Houston home, privacy can definitely be a significant factor in your design process.

Another factor to think about when designing your floral stained glass is if you’d like to block out some of that harsh Texas sunlight or you’d like to let that beautiful, natural sunlight into your Houston home. Our stained glass experts can definitely tailor your floral stained glass to do either.

Call today to schedule an in-home consultation on how floral stained glass is the perfect addition to your Houston home: (832) 548-4955

Update Your Houston Craftsman Style Home with Frank Lloyd Wright Style Stained Glass

Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass can make a beautiful addition to Houston’s craftsman homes? Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass, also referred to prairie stained glass, first found its origin in craftsman homes. Prairie style stained glass was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important contributions to modern art and architecture and even remains high in popularity today.

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Why Stained Glass Will Look Amazing Your Houston Home!

Stained Glass To Fit The Style Of  Your Houston Home

Stained glass is one of those household elements that really fit great on any style home. And At Houston Stained Glass, we have yet to see a house that doesn’t look better with stained glass and we have a sneaking suspicion, such a house does not exist! There is a very good reason for that too–stained glass can match any style of home because it comes in so many different styles itself. Add to that the fact that it can be custom made to order and you have one of the most amazing home decor element for any home in Houston and likely around the world. It doesn’t matter if you are modern and hip or reserved and elegant–stained glass will work just as well either way because the styles of stained glass range from old school to new school, bold or low key and we can help you find just the right stained glass work of art for your Houston home.

Stained Glass Style Guide For Houston Homes

Stained glass is so widely used on homes in the Houston area and all around our great state of Texas because it comes in so many different, yet beautiful themes, styles, colors, and textures. We laid out a few different styles for you and a couple of ideas that we see most often on homes in the Houston area.

Patterned: Patterned stained glass includes repeating shapes, sizes, and colors. This often symmetrical style allows for lower production costs while offering detailed and eye-catching designs.

Tiffany Style: Opalescent glass, with its “milky” or “streaked” appearance, is a hallmark of Tiffany-style stained glass. This style also incorporates numerous layers and thicknesses of glass within each composition

Contemporary: Contemporary stained glass features minimalist patterns and in some cases geometric, repeating lines. Designers like Greene and Greene or Frank Lloyd Wright fit into this category. This style often incorporates dramatic leaded lines as part of the design.

Traditional: Stained glass in the traditional style includes realistically painted figures, flowers or foliage or other elegant motifs and usually an intricate lead matrix.

All of these beautiful styles are stained glass windows that we at Houston Stained Glass can expertly craft and put in your Houston home too! Or, we can find a different style for you all together! Contact us for a free consultation for a one-of-a-kind work of glass art for your home today!

Dealing with Hurricane Damage in Houston? We Can Repair Your Stained Glass!

The devastation that’s occurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey has been one of the greatest tragedies that Houston has ever seen. At Houston Stained Glass, our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the hurricane. That’s why in our very small way, we’re doing our part to help those in need. If you have stained glass windows that have been damaged by the hurricane and aren’t covered by insurance, we can help. We can repair and restore your damaged stained glass, at cost, to their original beauty.

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Where To Put Stained Glass On Your Houston Home

Stained Glass Is Both Versatile and Practical

It is widely accepted that stained glass is a beautiful addition to any home in any city in the world. Of course, our lovely Houston homes are included in this truism. While a lot of stained glass work we do here at Houston Stained Glass, is to make custom stained glass windows, stained glass is such a versatile the medium that we do a fair amount of architectural features too. This is because it can so easily be customized to suit nearly any area or design style. The most popular areas to see stained glass windows is in stairways, entryways, bathrooms, and kitchens. Yet, stained glass can successfully be used as a room divider, fireplace screen, or even on your Houston home’s ceiling–a fact few people realize. So with this extreme versatility, the question becomes not should you put stained glass on your Houston home but where should you put it?

Read on and find out the best area for stained glass to meet your individual needs.

The Best Places For Stained Glass On Your Houston Home

If you are considering putting stained glass in your Houston home it is time to first decide where to put it. This is a need based decision and choosing the area of biggest need should be the goal. Stained glass makes great windows, as you probably already know, but it also can be used as an architectural feature as well. Below are some questions to ask yourself to help you hone in on the perfect spot in your house for stained glass.

Do you want more privacy to your Houston home?

If this is the case, then, like it is for many of our stained glass customers, a bathroom or bedroom stained glass window will prove to be the best. The reason for this is because both of these locations are placed are simply places for your eyes only. In these locations, stained glass windows provide privacy with the added benefit of beauty.

Are you looking to add resale value to your Houston home?

If this is the case, stained glass will be a fantastic architectural feature. Think about how gorgeous stained glass cabinet doors will look in your kitchen in the afternoon or how elegant your fireplace will be when it behind a stained glass fire screen. Then, when it comes time to sell, these features will add big time to your bottom line!

Do you want to increase your Houston home’s curb appeal?

If this is what you are looking to do then you likely want to put a stained glass in your home’s entryway windows or transom windows since they tend to be street facing and are easily seen The great part about these windows is, when properly placed they can also block an unattractive view and add a little privacy too

No matter where you want to put stained glass in your Houston home, Houston Stained Glass is the company to make your stained glass dream a reality. Contact us today and let us consult with you and begin pricing you stained glass masterpiece!